Now, 10 years later, her friend and collaborator Missy Elliott is reflecting on the loss of the 22-year-old artist/dancer/movie star:
Missy writes (via CNN): “Today is the 10 year anniversary of Aaliyahâ€™s passing and Iâ€™m sitting here reminiscing and playing music, thinking of the times we spent together, working, laughing, singing, dancing, cutting up. But really, itâ€™s not all that different from any other day because I do think about her every day.
“Not on purpose, but she is my friend and thatâ€™s just how I do. Iâ€™ve told the same stories for 9 years â€“ how we met, how me and Tim were scared but Aaliyah was so welcoming and had this smile and way about her that put us at ease, that she liked to take chances and we were able to just be who we were and make good records together.
“She loved playing jokes and thatâ€™s another part of her personality that made it fun to be around her. As a talent, I think sheâ€™s missed because she was unique and a true triple threat. She could sing, dance, and her acting was starting to take off.
“Iâ€™m glad for the memories I have and the time we got to spend together, but I miss my friend.
“Rest In Peace and Power Baby Girl.”
Some Aaliyah favorites: